GATINEAU, Quebec, April 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HEXO Corp (“HEXO”) (TSX: HEXO; NYSE-A: HEXO) today announced that it has entered into irrevocable hard voting support agreements with shareholders of Newstrike Brands Ltd. (“Newstrike”) (TSX-V: HIP) representing in aggregate approximately 38.3% of Newstrike’s issued and outstanding common shares in connection with definitive arrangement agreement (the “Arrangement Agreement”) under which HEXO will acquire, by way of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario), all of Newstrike’s issued and outstanding common shares in an all-share transaction (the “Transaction”).
“We’re pleased to have secured hard lock up support for 38.3% of Newstrike shareholders since announcing the agreement,” said Sebastien St-Louis, HEXO’s CEO and co-founder. “This is a great recognition of the extreme alignment between both companies’ management and boards, as well as a vote of confidence in HEXO’s vision for the future. We are eager for the Newstrike family to embark on this journey with us!”
Jay Wilgar, CEO of Newstrike added: “Our recent respective quarterly financial reports demonstrate the collective potential of our combined organizations as one of Canada’s largest licensed producers. We look forward to working closely with the HEXO team to leverage the strengths of our two businesses, create synergies and accelerate value creation for both of our shareholder bases. Moreover, our strategic partners The Tragically Hip and Neal Brothers Foods are both supportive of the proposed combination.”
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Jay Wilgar, CEO, Newstrike
HEXO Corp is an award-winning consumer packaged goods cannabis company that creates and distributes prize-winning products to serve the global cannabis market. Through its hub and spoke business strategy, HEXO Corp is partnering with Fortune 500 companies, bringing its brand value, cannabinoid isolation technology, licensed infrastructure and regulatory expertise to established companies, leveraging their distribution networks and capacity. As one of the largest licensed cannabis companies in Canada, HEXO Corp operates with 1.8 million sq. ft of facilities in Ontario and Quebec and a foothold in Greece to establish a Eurozone processing, production and distribution centre. The Company serves the Canadian adult-use and medical markets. For more information please visit hexocorp.com.
About Newstrike and Up Cannabis
Newstrike is the parent company of Up Cannabis Inc., a licensed producer of cannabis that is licensed to both cultivate and sell cannabis in all acceptable forms. Newstrike, through Up Cannabis and together with select strategic partners, including Canada’s iconic musicians The Tragically Hip, is developing a diverse network of high quality cannabis brands. For more information, visit http://www.up.ca or http://www.newstrike.ca
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